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The impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump has left a political civil war behind in the Republican Party. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the implications for the future of the GOP. (Part 1)


With the wrap up of the House managers presentation at the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, today marks beginning of his defense before the Senate. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the implications of the trial for the GOP and the former president.

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The Republican Party has found itself in disarray as it grapples with the post-Trump presidency. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury Council Vice President Muir Boda who quit the GOP and has returned to the Libertarian Party. As he contemplates a run against Republican Congressman Andy Harris we talked about what has happed to the GOP. (Part 1)

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The takeover of the Capitol Building and the subsequent certification of Joe Biden as the next president has produced turmoil within the Republican Party as Trump administration officials resign over the clash. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with former Eastern Shore Republican congressman Wayne Gilchrest about what has happened to his old party.

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Abraham Lincoln's presidency freed the slaves and ushered in a new political party. Host Don Rush talks with David S. Reynolds, author of a new biography "Abe: Abraham Lincoln in his Times," to explore the character of the man who changed America. Then, he continues the conversation with Salisbury University Political Science professor Michael O'Loughlin to look at what has become of the modern Republican Party since Goldwater.

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The scorched earth politics of the modern Republican Party took hold in the 1980's with the rise Newt Gingrich who engineered the GOP take over of congress in 1994. But, was there another way to achieve a Republican majority on Capitol Hill? Julian Zelizer has written a new book, "Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party". In part two he tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that there was another way forward, but that the road now taken may be very difficult to abandon.

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As the nation celebrates July 4th, it finds iteself in the midst of a political crisis, a polarization of the parties and country. Salisbury University political science professor Adam Hoffman told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that the fate of the Republican Party is uncertain since the rising of Trumpism. (Part 1)

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a recent court ruling that 11 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered and need to be redrawn.

House Speaker Kirk Cox filed a notice of appeal Friday.

A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 last month in a lawsuit that accused lawmakers of illegally packing black voters into certain districts to make surrounding districts whiter and more Republican.

The judges ordered lawmakers to redraw the state map by Oct. 30.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is promising to veto legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying such a proposal hurts the state's image.
McAuliffe, a Democrat, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he wants to send a clear message to the Republican-controlled General Assembly not to "waste time" with "socially divisive bills," such as the 20-week abortion ban.
The legislation was prefilled by a Republican delegate, and the General Assembly's 2017 legislative session starts next week.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A county Republican headquarters in Maryland has been vandalized with language bashing Donald Trump.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that messages in spray paint appeared on the Wicomico Republican headquarters early Saturday morning. Someone disparaged the Republican nominee for president with foul language.

The vandal or vandals also drew Xs through campaign signs for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga.

Shawn Jester, president of the Wicomico County Republicans, said the vandalism was "cleaned up pretty quickly."


The presidential campaigns are now of the gate as their national party conventions disappear and the Labor Day jump off point looms on the horizon. So, what did we learn from these confabs as the candidates joust their way to the finish line? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill suggests that it is the myths of the parties that will capture the soul of the voter.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by the Libertarian Party of Virginia challenging the state's policy of listing major party candidates first on ballots.

Virginia law provides that the first candidates listed on ballots are those who belong to parties that received at least 10 percent of the vote for statewide office in either of the two previous general elections. That currently applies only to the Republican and Democratic Parties.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - If Donald Trump wins the GOP presidential nomination, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he would consider voting for someone else.

Hogan told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he's "not a Trump fan," and he doesn't think Trump should "be the nominee."

The governor says he doesn't know who he would vote for or who the candidates will be. He says he's unhappy with how the presidential campaign is going in general. Hogan says he doesn't think either party is putting up its best candidates.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill that's making its way through Virginia's General Assembly would prevent political parties from requiring voters to sign a party affiliation statement in a presidential primary.

The Republican-led Senate voted 34-5 to approve the bill Monday. It heads to the House. 

The state Republican Party had planned to require voters in the party's March 1 primary to sign a statement affirming they're Republicans before casting a ballot. But it later changed its mind amid criticism from Donald Trump supporters.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in the case over Virginia's congressional map.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that arguments before the high court have been set for March 21.

The court has agreed to take up an appeal by Republicans in Virginia's congressional delegation. They're asking the court to reverse a decision by a three-judge panel that said lawmakers in 2012 illegally packed too many black voters into the 3rd Congressional District.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump are suing Virginia election officials over a state GOP requirement that 2016 primary voters sign a statement affirming they are Republicans.

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, three black pastors said such a "loyalty oath" would violate their civil rights and would discriminate against African-American and Hispanic voters.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has created a firestorm over his call for temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States. From Republican Congressional leaders to GOP presidential rivals, the denunciations have come fast and furious. As political battle rages, American Muslims look on -- some fearful of what the future may hold.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - On the first day Virginia state lawmakers can file bills for the 2016 General Assembly session, Republicans in the GOP-majority House of Delegates have introduced legislation focused on tolls inside the Washington beltway and the federal Clean Power Plan.

The party announced in a news release Monday that Republicans are seeking to ban tolls on Interstate 66 inside the District's beltway. The other second bill introduced would require the state to get approval from the legislature before implementing the Clean Power Plan.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is helping lead a new national effort to give Democrats a greater say in drawing future congressional boundaries.

The Democratic Governors Association announced Tuesday that McAuliffe will be co-chairman of a new redistricting fund aimed at ensuring Democratic governors in key states hold power in 2020, when states will begin redrawing congressional maps.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly filed finance reports show Virginia Republican state lawmakers have a large cash advantage over their Democratic counterparts going into this year's campaign season.

But Democrats say they don't have as much in the bank because they're already spending it on efforts similar to what helped their candidates, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, sweep all three statewide offices in 2013.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and state treasurer are taking the stage to explain why they think they can best represent the GOP in November's elections.

The state Republican Party was set to hold its first and only primary campaign debates for party candidates on Thursday night in Dover.

But the debates won't be like those normally seen on television.

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Forty years after President Richard M. Nixon resigned his office, his Republican party is now struggling with  its future. In many ways, he can be seen as a transitional figure getting the backing of the more liberal GOP of the Northeast and the beginnings of the Republican Solid South. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Roger Stone, a political operative who worked for Nixon and who has authored a new book, "Nixon's Secrets", about the former president's role in his party and where the GOP is headed amidst the changing demographics of the 21st century.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican leaders in Maryland have selected a new minority leader and minority whip for the state Senate.

The lawmakers met Monday in Annapolis and elected state Sen. David R. Brinkley to be the minority leader. The Frederick County lawmaker was previously minority leader from 2007 to 2008. He replaces E.J. Pipkin of Cecil County who announced last month that he would resign from the 47-member Senate to pursue a career in sports management in Texas. Republicans have 12 seats in the chamber.

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TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - Eastern Shore realtor Diana Waterman has been elected chairwoman of the Maryland Republican Party.

The Queen Anne's County realtor and bookkeeper was elected Saturday at the party's spring convention in Timonium. Waterman will serve out the term of Alex Mooney, a former state senator who announced in February that he was stepping down from the post. Waterman has been serving as interim chairwoman.